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  1. The article says $400 for the non-XL but the Fi site says $449. Also, the Fi site lists them as $449 and $499, respectively, but I'm including the $20 you'll have to pay for a month of Fi service: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/04/google-cuts-the-pixel-3-price-in-half-for-project-fis-birthday/ At that price I'm kind of tempted to buy the small one just for the camera, and just keep it in airplane mode.
  2. Intel was reportedly struggling to produce 5G chips in time for the 2020 iPhone.
  3. Oppo Designs Phone with a Secondary Pop-Up Screen Because Why Not Pop-Up Cameras Are Just the Start as Oppo Dreams of Phones with Pop-Up Screens
  4. https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/29/apple-cancels-airpower-product-citing-inability-to-meet-its-high-standards-for-hardware/
  5. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/03/reds-hydrogen-one-smartphone-wont-actually-get-those-camera-modules/
  6. The software is almost certainly a complete mess. The unfolded aspect ratio is almost completely square. It starts at $2,600. It's entirely unclear how well the plastic screen will hold up over time. We have no idea how long the battery will last. Almost no one will or should buy this phone. Still, unlike Samsung's Galaxy Fold, The Huawei Mate X is a much more compelling vision for the future of foldable phones. By wrapping the screen around the outside The Mate X looks like a compelling phone even when folded up. While folded it has a 6.6", notch free screen with very minimal beze
  7. 5G wireless is finally coming, but before it's even arrived, there are already multiple battles brewing over the tech, naming rights, and it's ability to live up to the hype. I think it's important to know that 5G is, in part, a very different technology than previous cellular standards. Part of the 5G spec does involve the typical application of new technology and methodologies to get more speed out of the same spectrum. 4G LTE used wavelengths between 700 MHz and 2600 MHz. 5G radios will expand that to a range between 600 MHz and 4700 MHz, and should get both 15-20% more s
  8. Hello all. I am thinking about getting a new TV and maybe a sound bar. Right now I have a Sony 55" Bravia (non-4k/UHD) and a Yamaha surround system, and it has worked out for me for many years. I also have a PS4 Pro, and a Xbox One X. My goal is to upgrade to a TV that is at least 65" (or bigger) that is 4k and UHD, and I am not sure if a sound bar would sound better than my Yamaha or not so opinions on that are appreciated. Even though my Yamaha has surround speakers and a sub... everything is sitting on the TV shelf/cabinet anyway, so a sound bar might sound better? I have
  9. Compare the S10 and S10+ with two different size display holes, plus a headphone jack.
  10. One of the more interesting stories to come out of CES so far is that Apple seems to be opening up their ecosystem to TV makers. Both Vizio and LG will natively support AirPlay 2 on their new sets, and in a very surprising move Samsung will also include an iTunes app. I feel like this is a concession owed to the failure of the Apple TV. Apple has been unable to compete with the far cheaper Fire TV and Chromecast, and even more than that, they've realized that most people will just use whatever their TV comes with. That just makes buying media on iTunes a poor value proposition when
  11. What would you recommend, a high end, 1080P TV or a low end, 4K set? I have a high end Samsung 1080P TV from 2015 and am thinking about upgrading to 4K. I can't afford a high end system right now, but was looking at some of the Visio systems in the < $500 range. Obviously, the 4K is higher resolution than what I have now, but would everything else be just as good?
  12. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/12/logitech-firmware-update-breaks-locally-controlled-harmony-hub-systems/
  13. While I follow TV tech pretty closely, I have always neglected the sound part of my setup and not really put much time and care into my home theatre audio setup. Not having much experience in this area, I'm hoping those in the know can tell me if there are any fatal flaws in my plans here. Thanks in advance. Years ago, I purchased a cheap clearance HTIB (Sony STR-K790) and have continued using that to this day - connected via optical. It doesn't even have a single HDMI port on it - in or out. Now as I'm enjoying 4K UHD Blu-ray movies on my Panasonic DMP-UB900 and LG 6
  14. Anyone use an Ecobee thermostat? Pros cons? Mice use lyric and Nest and am thinking of ecobee.
  15. I am replacing the side door on my house with a new door and would like to buy a smart lock for it. Does anyone use a smart lock? If so, which one and do you like it? Reviews for these locks are all over the place which is making it hard to pick. My wife likes the Kwikset Kevo but reviews go from 5 stars to 1 star.
  16. Thinking about grabbing one of these for Christmas and was wondering if anyone had one and what you think of them. Reviews seem to imply they’ve come a long way. I think it would be perfect for us, smallish house with mostly hardwood and a few area rugs. Just kinda curious how thorough they are in terms of getting under chairs and things.
  17. https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/18/apple-event-new-york-city/ iPad Pros with FaceId, USB-C, and no home button MacBook Air successor Mac Mini!
  18. The Verge got their hands on a real life folding phone. It looks completely unusable when folded, and it sounds like their android fork is generally unusable anyways, but it is indeed a real phone they will actually sell you that you can fold up. Apparently Samsung's folding phone announcement is imminent, and while I expect it to be better than this, I'm not confident in their ability to make something worthwhile just yet. Still, it's a cool thing that might actually be more plausible than it might seem.
  19. 6.5" iPhone Xs Max (maXs) 5.8” iPhone Xs (INXS) 6.1" iPhone Xc????? with colors Apple Watch series 4 with a bigger screen no beats stuff, maybe apple branded headphones, AirPower, probably no Mac or iPad stuff
  20. Mostly for video but the occasional still shooting as well... heard good things about this one https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1395510-REG/sony_alpha_a7_iii_mirrorless.html Any of you photographers/videographers have an opinion?
  21. https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/24/18018322/apple-samsung-italy-phone-slowdown-fine-antitrust
  22. I just can't even. This commercial makes me want to start a cult and commit mass suicide.
  23. It looks like most of the information from the leaks was accurate, though of course there were a few features that weren't really revealed. This site seems to have a good summary of the new features, as well as video from the event. Hardware specs, from the article: So the hardware specs aren't especially groundbreaking, but it seems to have quite a few cool software features. The more interesting features are linked to above, but for anyone who doesn't want to check out the link, the big things appear to be: Top Shot: The camera takes multiple pictures a
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